December 31, 2008 Edition

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Hillcrest advances to
NEA quarterfinals

Buffalo Island Central's Kam Ashabranner is double-teamed by Hillcrest's Josh Mayland (center) and Dylan Wooten during the quarterfinals of the NEA Tournament. The Screamin' Eagles, who advanced to the quarterfinals by upsetting second-seeded East Poinsett County on Friday, lost to BIC on Saturday, 72-62.
TD Photo ~ Debbie Richey
Buffalo Island Central defeated Hillcrest 72-62 in the quarterfinal round of the NEA Tournament on Saturday night at Jonesboro.

BIC led 20-14 at the end of the first quarter and pulled away in the second period for a 37-21 halftime lead.

The Mustangs carried a 49-36 advantage into the final quarter and withstood a Hillcrest rally, which brought the Screamin' Eagles to within 55-48 at one point.

Hillcrest's comeback effort was hampered by poor free throw shooting, as the Eagles shot only 5-of-13 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter.

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